14 December 2016

Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) CEO Rebecca Hilsenrath has said that any young women looking at the new online tool showing the gender pay gap by profession will be shocked by the lower pay they could face in their future careers compared to men.

Prepared by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the interactive tool allows users to find out the gender pay gaps and average earnings in a wide range of jobs. It also shows how many women and men work in each role.

Available at http://bit.ly/2hmYGZ9, it shows Construction and building trades supervisors (45%) as having the largest pay gap. Despite being the lowest since records began, the average pay gap is still over 18%.

Meanwhile, EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, has decided to take the message across the country by setting up gender pay gap reporting seminars ahead of the Government’s publication of new Regulations on the subject.

Describing the draft regulations as "complex", EEF said that, while businesses support the drive for greater transparency, their ability to comply will hinge upon their understanding.

It believes that future guidance to be made available by ACAS will be key in enabling companies to feel confident about what is required of them.

"The ACAS guidance will be critical and it is hoped that this will be out in good time for the mandatory start date in April next year," Director of Employment and Skills Policy Tim Thomas said. "But, it is also clear that organisations like our own will play an important part in building understanding and making sure firms feel comfortable and confident about their compliance."

Full details of the location and dates of the EEF seminar can be found at http://bit.ly/2hm8YZ2.